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AP English Literature

On-Line for the 2017-2018 School Year

Teacher: Ruth M. Green


Instructor: Ruth M. Green (


Course Description:

If you are an 11th or 12th grader who is looking for a highly interactive class to develop your interest and aptitude for literature study, this class is for you! In my course you will learn to appreciate and articulate the subtleties and complexities of language through close readings of poetry, drama, short stories, novels, and essays of the English canon.

Our class has avid readers and competent writers — courageous enough to share their opinions and writings with classmates, and courteous enough to respond to others in a manner which fosters intellectual exploration and debate. We enjoy a lively discussion of ideas, and work towards the effective formulation of those ideas in written form. In this community of scholars, students find not only literature, but also friendship!

There is no required time that you must be on the site, so you can arrange your work around other responsibilities. I am flexible about working with students who have travel or other commitments such as debate tournaments. However, the commitment is significant! A student who can not easily read eighty pages a week will struggle to keep up with the assignments. Plan to allow 2 hours per day for this subject.

Each Sunday I send out a two-page discussion of the literature and concepts that we will be working on that week, and will interact daily on the class website. I am also available through Skype. Some assignments are due Wednesday midnight, with the remaining assignments due by week’s end.

All grading in the course is done personally by me, and not by teaching assistants.

Although the focus of this class is the study of literature, we also prepare for the challenging AP exam in May. You can expect to gain a vocabulary of literary terms as well as a familiarity with test-taking skills and strategies.

Through this course, you will develop independence of judgment, a capacity for critical reading, and a strong, clear voice as a writer. You will participate in reading that fully engages both the intellect and the imagination. By the end of the course, the quality and depth of your writing will have increased and be characterized by confidence and insight.

Course Texts:

The Chosen, Chaim Potok
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (I will provide this)
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
Hamlet, William Shakespeare
Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose
CliffsAP Literature and Composition, 3rd edition, Allan Casson (optional)
• I supply all the poems, short stories, and essays

There is no cost beyond the registration fee unless you choose to purchase the novels.

Class Fee: $650 for registrations received by June 30th; $675 after June. This price includes enrollment in WordWright Challenge (a national competition of AP Lit students), three released exams, a student handbook, and other materials.

Class Size: The class is limited to 21 students to create a more intimate environment and provide for more individualized instruction.

Course Schedule: Class runs for 34 weeks, from August 29, 2017 through May 11, 2018. The exam date is May 9, 2018. There is a half-week break at Thanksgiving, a two-week break in December, and a one-week flexible break in March.

Questions? I answer all questions! Just e-mail me at

Instructor Qualifications: This is my fifteenth year teaching on-line AP English Literature & Composition, so it should be clear that I love it! I hold a B.A. in English Literature (High Honors) from Lehigh University, and have completed graduate level Summer Institutes in AP Literature instruction at both Goucher College and St. Johnsbury Academy. I am a veteran of 30 years of homeschooling five sons. Formerly, I taught at the Master’s Academy of Fine Arts as well as classes in my home; currently, I teach literature at Excelsior Homeschool Academy. I also substitute for the English Department of Lehigh Valley Christian High School. In the years I have been teaching AP Lit, my students have earned a 99% qualifying rate on the AP exam (scores of 3 or higher). Individual students have placed nationally in the WordWright Challenge and for the past three years my class team has placed in the top ten out of 600 high schools participating.

The best advertisement for my class comes from the unedited comments of former students, who wrote these reviews in the days immediately following the exam. Click on the link below to read what they have to say!

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